River’s Edge Commons

River’s Edge Commons Park, located in the heart of downtown Elk River, Minnesota, connects Main Street to the adjacent Mississippi River.  Taking advantage of the river’s natural ability to attract people, the park has given the community a popular gathering space and has provided an economic boost to the downtown business district since opening.

HKGi completed all stages of the project, from schematic design through construction administration for both phases 1 and 2.  Phase 1 design incorporates an overlook plaza with shade trees and a popular in-grade fountain feature at the street level, a grand staircase with a terraced stone amphitheatre on the hillside, and a performance area with pavilion on the bank of the Mississippi River.

Its popularity inspired the City to retain HKGi to lead the design and construction administration for  a Phase 2 expansion.  Highlights of the expansion include expanded limestone seating; an enlarged stage; and a restored riverbank planted with native prairie species.


Street-level plaza connects Main Street to the amphitheater and the riverbank

HKGi conducted concept design, detail design, construction documentation & administration for both project phases

Interactive fountain at the plaza level


Elk River, Minnesota


City of Elk River


2013 MN ASLA Merit Award

River’s Edge Commons is located right in the heart of downtown Elk River and has helped brings thousands of visitors to the downtown area for weekly performances and other events during the summer and fall seasons. Bars, restaurants, and other downtown businesses have benefitted from events at River’s Edge, and the park provides relaxing views of the Mississippi River and the downtown plaza on a daily basis.

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